245 King St. East
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1L9
Founder: Dr. Kadappilaril P. Yohannan
Vice President: Daniel Punnose

Charitable Reg. #:10744 1834 RR0001

STAR RATING

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FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.

D+

RESULTS REPORTING

Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

n/r

DEMONSTRATED IMPACT

The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.

NEED FOR FUNDING

Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.

80%

CENTS TO THE CAUSE

For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 80 cents are available for programs.



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OVERVIEW

About GFA World:

Founded in 1984, GFA World (previously Gospel for Asia Canada) is the Canadian branch of the international Gospel for Asia organization. Gospel for Asia sees itself as a religious order. Gospel for Asia works to spread the message of Christ in Asia through missionaries and improvements in health, education, and local economies. The charity works in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, China, and Thailand.

Donor Advisory:

In July 2020, Gospel for Asia filed for creditor protection. Auditors Pricewaterhouse Coopers will monitor the charity's finances and operations. An Ontario judge allowed Gospel for Asia to continue to fundraise and accept donations, but it cannot send donations to other countries without audit approval. GFA World may receive 20% of donations held in trust for its general operations and fundraising costs.

In February 2020, Canadian donors launched a $170 million class-action legal case against GFA World Canada alleging it breached its duty of care and fiduciary duty to donors, conspired to defraud donors and misrepresented the nature of how donations would be spent. It was found in a 2019 US lawsuit against Gospel for Asia that Gospel for Asia (US) received US$20 million from Canadian donors that did not go to India or other development work. Rather it was spent on its Texas headquarters. To learn more about this case's details.

In March 2019, a US court ordered Gospel for Asia USA pay a US$37 million refund to donors for misrepresenting how donations were spent. In October 2017, the Indian government forbid Gospel for Asia funds transfers to India. CBC investigated Gospel for Asia Canada and US, talking with former members.

In March 2016, The Toronto Star reported that Gospel for Asia Canada is the defendant in a fraud lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that between 2007 and 2014, $94 million was sent from Gospel for Asia Canada to India. Yet, Gospel for Asia’s Indian affiliates have no record of receiving funds from Canada during that period. Gospel for Asia Canada denies the allegations. Toronto Star Article

Additionally, on October 6, 2015, Gospel for Asia US had its membership revoked for standards breaches in the US organization, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Christian Today Article

GFA World operates four main programs: sponsorship of national missionaries, developing communities, sponsoring children, and broader compassion service although it does not provide a breakdown of spending to these programs. 

The charity reports that with input from local pastors and missionaries, communities are gifted items, including animals, sewing machines, fishing nets, vehicles, clean water wells, water filters, and toilets. With these gifts, the charity hopes to improve community health and provide opportunities for people to generate an income. The charity uses local people as national missionaries because they are familiar with the community’s people, culture, and needs.

The charity’s child sponsorship program works to provide education, food, and medical care to poor children. Since its founding, it has provided over 70,000 children from impoverished families with a daily meal and medical check-ups.

GFA World’s compassion services include slum ministry, leprosy ministry, medical ministry, and disaster relief. Pastors and missionaries support people who are suffering by offering prayer, education, healthcare, clothing, and hygiene items. GFA World’s most recent data on its website is from F2019. In F2019, it delivered compassion services in 872 slum areas and 1,267 medical camps, as well as in Kerala, India in response to flooding. In F2018, it ministered to 1,226 leprosy colonies in Asia.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, as part of its compassion services program, GFA workers provided free healthcare training to 315,332 women in Asia. They learned basic first aid, nutrition, and other healthcare-related skills. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of GFA Worlds' results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

 

 
 

 

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Finances

Charity Intelligence has scored GFA World as a zero in financial transparency because the charity failed to provide full financial statements when requested. The financial analysis completed by Charity Intelligence for F2017 and F2018 uses the most recent financial statements available to Ci, through a request to the CRA, at the time of writing this report. Ci used the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA to complete the F2019 financial analysis as the audited financial statements were not provided by GFA World or the CRA.

GFA World received donations of $7.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

GFA World has $4.5m in funding reserves which could cover 40% or around 5 months of program costs. Capital expenditures, loans receivable, HST recoverable, and other balance sheet items were not available from the T3010 data and were therefore not included in Ci’s analysis. These amounts are likely not material but Ci may have slightly underreported the program cost.

In F2017, GFA World had $11.6m in funding reserves which could cover 16 years of program costs. The charity reports that in F2017, $7.8m granted to an organization was returned to GFA World for “political reasons”. This significantly decreased program costs for the year. In F2018, the issues were “resolved” and the funds were transferred. This increased program costs for F2018 and lowered GFA World’s program cost coverage ratio.

Charity Intelligence has sent this profile update to GFA World for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 18, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
201920182017
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.0%8.5%8.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.7%9.0%6.8%
Total overhead spending 19.7%17.5%15.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 40.0%119.3%1,555.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201920182017
Donations 7,7058,7589,440
Investment income 1410234
Total revenues 7,7198,8609,474
Program costs 11,3448,597723
Grants 0020
Administrative costs 773743793
Fundraising costs 748786640
Total spending 12,86410,1262,176
Cash flow from operations (5,145)(1,266)7,298
Capital spending 153217
Funding reserves 4,53710,25711,555

Note: Ci has used program, administrative, and fundraising costs as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Gifts to qualified donees were removed from program costs in F2017. Amortization has been removed from program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. compensation: $28,492

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
0
$300k - $350k
0
$250k - $300k
0
$200k - $250k
0
$160k - $200k
0
$120k - $160k
0
$80k - $120k
0
$40k - $80k
4
< $40k
6

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Times of India India Ministry of Home Affairs banned all overseas funds from Gospel for Asia organizations in 2017.



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